Traveling to Europe has always been one of my biggest dreams. Even I didn’t see it would come so fast.
Without much preparation, we arrived at Paris about 8 p.m. after a long, exhausting flight. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone but every time I get off a plane, stepping into a foreign airport, I just get this exciting feeling of “OMG I’m in a total different city!”, especially when you see those different language signs, or hear people talking like an alien. So, of course, though I was tired and exhausted, I just couldn’t stop screaming inside “OM(f*cking)G I’m in Paris!”
It took about an hour and a half to get to our hotel since Charles de Gaulle Airport is on zone 5 of Paris, and also we had to transfer at Nortre Dame to get to our station, Ségur. Riding Paris metro was a whole new experience, not in a positive way, I have to say, it was old and packed and a bit smelly, therefore, my first impression of Paris was not so good. But then I soon realised, Paris is gorgeous in it’s own way.
(This little girl was so cute on the train dancing around)
When I finally stepped out onto the ground from the station, I saw the splendid Notre dome right in front of me, it was breathtaking. All my tiredness was washed away. The streets, the buildings, restaurants, and the beautiful sunset shining on the Seine river, it felt like a dream come true, IT’S PARIS!
Sadly we were quite in a hurry so didn’t have a chance to explore the area, and could only look at Nortre Dame from a distance (but of course I went back again in a few days).
Arriving at our hotel was another funny story, it was about 9 p.m., the sky was getting dark, shops were closing, and the street which our hotel was located did not look so lively. The hotel itself did not look like somewhere I’d like to walk in either. However, as we went in, we were welcomed by the fact that our name wasn’t on the list of guests, and had to wait until the staff realized he was holding a list for tomorrow. But after all, the staff was friendly, and the room was quaint, Okay, I’m not making a hotel review here, but one last thing I gotta say is,
the elevator looked so ancient and small only fitting 3 people with steel doors which I’ve never seen before in my life! (in the movies maybe)
If you ever travel to European country, please note down that things close early (sometimes it depends on the area), mostly around 9 O’clock all the shops would be closed. So make sure you feed yourself well before you can not find any food to eat, otherwise you might end up like Nick eating cup ramen that’s soaked in cold water because we couldn’t seem to get hot water anywhere at 10 p.m.
Hotel Baldi, Paris
Review (By Nick on Tripadvisor):
We were certainly disappointed with the hotel when we first arrived. The neighborhood looked gloomy and the whole street was under construction due to the renovation of the metro. I liked how close the hotel was to the eiffel tower. It takes 30 minutes from the hotel to the tower by foot.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were welcomed by the fact that our name wasn’t on the list of guests. We had to wait until the staff realized he was holding a list for tomorrow. Also, the elevator looked ancient and small only fitting 3 people with steel doors which I’ve never seen before in my life. The room itself wasn’t bad. Bad taste of carpets and bed coverings but everything else was clean and organized. There was a functional fridge with a selection of drinks and the bathroom was clean although the shower was so tiny that only one adult can squeeze in. There is WiFi in the room although you need to get authorized every time you log in. A safe was equipped in the room.
The staff turned out to be very helpful on the second day as they offered us cutlery and wine glasses when we asked them for them. And they informed us we could use the restaurant as it was empty. All the staff seems to speak good english.
Recommended for cleanliness, friendly staff, and the distance to the Eiffel Tower.